Richard Edward Donovan (December 27, 1927 – January 6, 1997) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched for the Boston Braves (1950–1952), Detroit Tigers (1954), Chicago White Sox (1955–1960), Washington Senators (1961), and the Cleveland Indians (1962–1965). A Boston native, he graduated from North Quincy High School and served in the United States Navy during and after World War II.
Donovan batted left-handed and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg). During a 15-year major league career, he compiled 122 wins, 880 strikeouts, and a 3.67 earned run average, with 101 complete games, 25 shutouts and five saves. In 2,0171⁄3 career innings pitched, he allowed 1,988 hits and 495 bases on balls.
Donovan, as a member of the White Sox, led the 1957 American League in winning percentage, posting a 16–6 (.727) won-lost record. He pitched in the 1959 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He lost his only World Series start in Game 3, but saved Game 5 for the White Sox, and pitched in relief in Game 6, allowing two hits, three earned runs, walked one, and struck out none. In his only postseason appearance, he compiled 0 wins, 1 loss, 1 save, 5 strikeouts, and a 5.40 earned run average. At the plate in the Series, he went 1-3 (.333 batting average).
His 1962 season was his career-best, when he won 20 games in 34 games started with 16 complete games and five shutouts in 2501⁄3 innings pitched, all of them new career-highs, for Cleveland. The previous season, 1961, had seen Donovan lead the American League in earned run average with a stellar 2.40 mark in 1682⁄3 innings for the first-year expansion edition of the Senators.
Donovan in 1961
|Born: December 7, 1927|
|Died: January 6, 1997 (aged 69)|
|April 24, 1950, for the Boston Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 12, 1965, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||3.67|
|Career highlights and awards|
The 1950 Boston Braves season was the 80th season of the franchise. During the season, Sam Jethroe became the first black player in the history of the Braves.1951 Boston Braves season
The 1951 Boston Braves season was the 81st season of the franchise and its penultimate in Boston.1954 Detroit Tigers season
The 1954 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 68–86, 43 games behind the Cleveland Indians.1955 Chicago White Sox season
The 1955 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 55th season in the major leagues, and its 56th season overall. They finished with a record 91–63, good enough for third place in the American League, 5 games behind the first place New York Yankees.1956 Chicago White Sox season
The 1956 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 56th season in the major leagues, and its 57th season overall. They finished with a record 85–69, good enough for third place in the American League, 12 games behind the first place New York Yankees.1957 Chicago White Sox season
The 1957 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 57th season in the major leagues, and its 58th season overall. They finished with a record 90–64, good enough for second place in the American League, 8 games behind the first-place New York Yankees.1958 Chicago White Sox season
The 1958 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 58th season in the major leagues, and its 59th season overall. They finished with a record 82–72, good enough for second place in the American League, 10 games behind the first-place New York Yankees.1959 Chicago White Sox season
The 1959 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 59th season in the major leagues, and its 60th season overall. They finished with a record 94–60, good enough to win the American League (AL) championship, five games ahead of the second place Cleveland Indians. It was the team's first pennant since 1919 and would be its last until their championship season of 2005.1959 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in a first-place tie with the Milwaukee Braves, with each club going 86–68. The Dodgers won the pennant as they swept the Braves in a best-of-three playoff series. They went on to defeat the Chicago White Sox in the 1959 World Series in just their second season since leaving Brooklyn. The Dodgers led all 16 Major League Baseball clubs in home attendance, drawing 2,071,045 fans to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.1959 World Series
The 1959 World Series featured the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers beating the American League champion Chicago White Sox, four games to two. Each of the three games played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum drew record crowds, Game 5's attendance of 92,706 continues to be a World Series record to this day, and one which cannot feasibly be broken in any modern ballpark.
It was the first pennant for the White Sox in 40 years (since the 1919 Black Sox Scandal). They would have to wait until their world championship season of 2005 to win another pennant. The Dodgers won their first pennant since moving from Brooklyn in 1958 by defeating the Milwaukee Braves, two games to none, in a best-of-three-games pennant playoff. It was the Dodgers' second World Series victory in five years, their first in Los Angeles, and marked the first championship for a West Coast team.
It was the first World Series in which no pitcher for either side pitched a complete game.
As Vin Scully remarked in his narration for the official World Series film, "What a change of scenery!" This was the only Fall Classic played during the period from 1949 through 1964 in which no games were played in New York City, breaking the streak of the city that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns later called the era's "Capital of Baseball".1960 Chicago White Sox season
The 1960 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 60th season in the major leagues, and its 61st season overall. They finished with a record 87–67, good enough for third place in the American League, 10 games behind the first-place New York Yankees.1961 Washington Senators season
The 1961 Washington Senators season was the team's inaugural season, having been established as a replacement for the previous franchise of the same name, which relocated to the Twin Cities of Minnesota following the 1960 season, becoming the Minnesota Twins. The Senators finished in a tie for ninth place in the ten-team American League with a record of 61–100, 47½ games behind the World Champion New York Yankees. It was also the team's only season at Griffith Stadium before moving its games to D.C. Stadium for the following season. The expansion team drew 597,287 fans, tenth and last in the circuit. The old Senators had drawn 743,404 fans in 1960.1964 Cleveland Indians season
The 1964 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in a tie for sixth place in the American League with the Minnesota Twins, while winning 79 and losing 83, 20 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.1965 Cleveland Indians season
The 1965 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 87–75, 15 games behind the Minnesota Twins. The Indians played .500 ball for the first 40 games, then eventually heated up going on a 10-game winning streak at one point improving their record to 37-24. They would peak at 46-28, but would cool off significantly after the all star break (going 41-47 the rest of the way) and would only spend six days in first place. Still, the Indians 87-75 record would be the best win-loss record they would post between 1959 and 1994. This season also marked the return of Rocky Colavito. This led to an increase in attendance (a season after the Indians almost left Cleveland, due to low attendance). The trade itself ended up being a disaster in the long run, even though it was successful short term (for one season). The Indians were the only team to win the regular season series vs the AL pennant winning Twins (who would lose to the Dodgers in 7 games in the 1965 World Series).1971 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting
Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1971 featured a new committee on the Negro Leagues that met in February and selected Satchel Paige. The museum planned to honor Paige and those who would follow in a special permanent exhibit outside the Hall of Fame but controversy about the nature of the honor began at the event announcing his election, February 9, and continued until the induction ceremonies six months later. At the latter event Paige was inducted to the Hall of Fame itself, the same as the major league figures.
Otherwise the elections continued a system of annual elections in place since 1968.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected no one.
The Veterans Committee met in closed-door sessions to select from executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.
It elected seven, the biggest year in its 1953 to 2001 history: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and George Weiss.Bill Kern (baseball)
William George Kern (born February 28, 1933 at Coplay, Pennsylvania) is a retired American Major League Baseball outfielder. After nine seasons in minor league baseball, Kern had an eight-game trial with the Kansas City Athletics during the 1962 season. He had signed with the team when they were still based in Philadelphia, in 1954. Kern attended Muhlenberg College, graduating in 1954.
Kern threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 184 pounds (83 kg). He batted over .300 four times and hit 144 home runs during his minor-league career. In September 1962, at age 29, he was recalled by the Athletics after he batted .315 with 27 home runs and 97 runs batted in for the Triple-A Portland Beavers. Kern appeared in eight games played, batting 16 times with four hits. In his first MLB game, he pinch hit for Moe Drabowsky and singled off Dick Donovan of the Cleveland Indians. In his final MLB game, as the A's starting leftfielder, he hit his lone Major League home run off future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (and United States Senator) Jim Bunning, then with the Detroit Tigers.Donovan (name)
Donovan is an Irish surname and given name meaning "dark princeling."
People with the surname include
Art Donovan (1924–2013), US American football player, NFL Hall of Famer
Bill Donovan (1876–1923), a pitcher and manager in Major League Baseball
Bill Donovan (Boston Braves pitcher) (1916–1997), a pitcher in Major League Baseball
Billy Donovan, (1965) head coach of Florida Gators men's basketball team
Carrie Donovan, (1928-2001) magazine editor
Casey Donovan (porn star), (1943-1987) American gay porn star
Casey Donovan (singer), (born 1988), Australian Idol winner
Charles Donovan, (1863-1951) naturalist
Chris Donovan (ice hockey), (born 1985) American ice hockey player
Chris Donovan, American television director and producer
Christopher G. Donovan, (born 1953) Connecticut politician
Claire Donovan, (1948-2019) British historian
Daisy Donovan, (born 1973) English television presenter, actress, and writer
Dan Donovan (guitarist), singer/songwriter, guitarist for Tribe of Dan
Dan Donovan (keyboardist), keyboardist for Big Audio Dynamite and Dreadzone
Dan Donovan (politician), American politician
Dick Donovan (baseball player) (1927–1997), Major League Baseball pitcher
Don Donovan (1929–2013), Irish footballer and manager
Edward Donovan (1768–1837), Anglo-Irish zoologist
Elisa Donovan, (born 1971) American actress, writer and producer
Gerard Donovan, (born 1959) Irish novelist and poet
Hedley Donovan, (1914-1990) editor in chief of Time Inc.
Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, American musical theater actress and singer
James B. Donovan (1916–1970), lawyer and sailor
James G. Donovan (1898–1987), Democratic politician, former New York State Senator and US congressman
James H. Donovan (1923–1990), Republican politician, former New York State Senator
Jason Donovan, (born 1968) Australian pop rock singer and actor
Johannah Leddy Donovan, American politician
John J. Donovan, American entrepreneur and former university professor
John Thomas Donovan (1878–1922), Irish nationalist politician
Kevin Donovan, English football player
Landon Donovan, American soccer player
Lisa Donovan, American internet actress
Mark Donovan, (born 1958) Welsh actor
Martin Donovan, (born 1957) American actor
Michael Donovan, (born 1953) voice actor and Emmy-nominated voice director
Patsy Donovan, (1865-1953) Irish-American professional baseball player
Raymond J. Donovan, (born 1930) US Secretary of Labor
Roy Donovan, Australian rules footballer
Shean Donovan, (born 1975) Canadian ice hockey player
Stacey Donovan (Kelley Howell), (born 1964) model and porn star
Tara Donovan, (born 1969) American artist
Tate Donovan, (born 1963) American actor
Terence Donovan (actor), (born 1942) Australian actor
Terence Donovan (photographer), (1936-1996) British photographer
William Joseph Donovan, (1883-1959) American lawyer and Office of Strategic Services chief in World War II, known as "father of the CIA"People with given name include
Donovan Bailey, (born 1967) Jamaican Canadian sprinter, former 100 metre world record holder
Donovan Blake, (born 1961) Jamaican-born American cricketer
Donovan Frankenreiter, (born 1972) American singer-songwriter
Donovan Gans, (born 1971) American football player
Donovan Phillips Leitch, (born 1946) Scottish folk musician (professionally known simply as Donovan)
Donovan Leitch, Jr., (born 1967) actor and son of the above Donovan Phillips Leitch
Donovan McNabb, (born 1976) American football player, quarterback for the Washington Redskins
Donovan Mitchell, (born 1996) American Professional Basketball Player, Shooting Guard for the Utah Jazz
Donovan Patton, (born 1978) American host, actor and singer
Donovan Ricketts, (born 1977) Jamaican soccer player, goalkeeper with the Los Angeles Galaxy
Donovan Slacks, leader of a militant British fishermen's uprising in the 1920s
Donovan Simmonds, (born 1988) English football (soccer) player
Donovan Wilson (American football), (born 1995) American football playerJ. E. Preston Muddock
James Edward Preston Muddock also known as "Joyce Emmerson Preston Muddock" and "Dick Donovan" (28 May 1843 – 23 January 1934), was a prolific British journalist and author of mystery and horror fiction. For a time his detective stories were as popular as those of Arthur Conan Doyle. Between 1889 and 1922 he published nearly 300 detective and mystery stories.List of Texas Rangers Opening Day starting pitchers
The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Arlington, Texas. They play in the American League West division. The Rangers played their first 11 seasons, from 1961 to 1971, as the Washington Senators, one of three different major league teams to use the name. In Washington, D.C., the Senators played their home games at Griffith Stadium for their inaugural season before moving to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium the following season. The team moved to Texas in 1972, and played their home games at Arlington Stadium until 1993. The team's current home, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, has been the Rangers' home field since the start of the 1994 season. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.The Senators/Rangers have used 30 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 52 seasons. The 30 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 18 wins, 26 losses and 8 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game or if the starting pitcher pitches fewer than five innings. Of the 7 no decisions, the Rangers went on to win five and lose three of those games, for a team record on Opening Day of 23 wins and 29 losses.Three Texas Rangers Opening Day pitchers—Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Nolan Ryan—have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.The Senators' first Opening Day starting pitcher was Dick Donovan, who was credited with the loss against the Chicago White Sox in the game played at Griffith Stadium with President John F. Kennedy throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Though the Senators ended the 1961 with a 61–100 record, 47½ games out of first place, Donovan ended the season leading the American League with a 2.40 ERA.In 1962, the team moved to District of Columbia Stadium (renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 1969), with Bennie Daniels on the mound for Opening Day. President Kennedy attended the Opening Day game, as the Senators defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 4–1. The Senators, and their starting pitchers, lost their next eight Opening Day games. Dick Bosman started on Opening Day for the Senators in 1971, their last season in Washington, D.C., and led the Senators to an 8–0 victory over Vida Blue and the Oakland Athletics.The Rangers advanced to the playoffs in 1996, 1998 and 1999. In each of those three seasons the Rangers faced the New York Yankees in the Divisional Series and lost. In 1996, Ken Hill was the Opening Day starter in a 5–3 win over the Boston Red Sox. In the 1996 American League Division Series, John Burkett started and won the opening game of the series by a 6–2 score, the only game the Rangers won in the series. Burkett was the Opening Day starter in 1998, in a game the Rangers lost 9–2 to the Chicago White Sox. In the 1998 American League Division Series, Todd Stottlemyre started and lost the first game of the series, which the Yankees swept in three games. Rick Helling was the Opening Day starter in 1999, losing 11–5 to the Detroit Tigers. In the 1999 American League Division Series, Aaron Sele was the starter in the opening game of the series, with the Rangers again swept by the Yankees.Kevin Millwood has pitched four consecutive Opening Day starts, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Two other Rangers pitchers have pitched three consecutive Opening Day starts: Charlie Hough in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and Nolan Ryan in 1990, 1991 and 1992.Charlie Hough has the most Opening Day starts for the Rangers, with six, and has a record of three wins and one loss. Ken Hill and Kenny Rogers both won both of their decisions, for a perfect 2–0 record. Six other pitchers won their only decision. Colby Lewis had a win and a loss each in his two Opening Day starts. Kevin Millwood and Dick Bosman each lost three of their four Opening Day starts for the Rangers. Pete Richert, Camilo Pascual and Rick Helling each lost both of their starts. Ten pitchers have lost their only start.